Neurologically, How Does Sexual Thoughts Stimulate Your Genital Nerves?


CMIIAW, I understand that your genitals have special highways to the brain and that stimulating them physically activates and stimulates these special nerves. Following how touch and pain receptors work this makes sense.

But how does a sexual thought, (for example: the understood perception of a pornographic image that reflects your kinks) influence the state of your genital nerves?

My two uneducated hypothesis is that it makes you more focused so you receive more stimuli from the area, or your brain has some level of control over the neurotransmitters in your genitals.

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When it comes to sexual thoughts, there are several ways in which they can influence the activity of genital nerves. The process involves complex interactions between various parts of the brain, as well as the hormonal and circulatory systems. Here are some of the key factors involved:

i. Brain activation: Sexual thoughts can activate various regions of the brain, including the limbic system, which is responsible for emotions and motivation, and the cerebral cortex, which is involved in conscious thought and perception. When these regions become activated, they can send signals to the spinal cord and peripheral nerves that innervate the genitals, leading to increased sensitivity and arousal.

ii. Hormonal changes: Sexual thoughts can also trigger the release of various hormones, such as testosterone, estrogen, and dopamine. These hormones can affect the activity of genital nerves in several ways, such as by increasing blood flow to the area and promoting the release of nitric oxide, a chemical that relaxes smooth muscles and increases blood flow.

iii. Cognitive factors: Sexual thoughts can also influence the way we perceive and interpret sensations from our genitals. For example, if we are focused on sexual fantasies or desires, we may be more likely to notice and interpret genital sensations in a sexual way, leading to increased arousal and sensitivity.

Overall, the process of how sexual thoughts stimulate genital nerves is complex and involves multiple factors, including brain activation, hormonal changes, and cognitive factors. While the exact mechanisms are still not fully understood, research in this area continues to shed light on the fascinating interplay between the brain and the body during sexual arousal.